Tennessee Basketball: Ranking the 10 Most Influential Figures in Vols' History

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Tennessee Basketball: Ranking the 10 Most Influential Figures in Vols' History
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Tennessee is far from being a basketball juggernaut. There are no NCAA title banners, or Final Four banners, or really any banners at all. The program has been largely overshadowed by the school’s success in football and the overwhelming accomplishments of Pat Summitt. So it seems like a top ten list like this for Duke or UCLA would be much more interesting an include a lot more names you might know.

However, the Vols have a rich basketball history that deserves more attention than its given. So for that, here’s an arbitrary yet hopefully fun look at the individuals who’ve shaped Tennessee basketball. We’ll begin with the Honorable Mentions:

Dale Ellis, C.J.Watson, Dane Bradshaw, Steve Hamer, and Zora Clevenger (who coached the only undefeated team in program history in 1916).

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